Mama to perform two unique shows at The Citadel in St. Helens, this coming weekend!
It’s been a busy few weeks, driving up and down motorways to perform shows in Kinross followed by Newcastle. Time for a local show we say! But, not just one local show. This time, we are bringing both our Genesis set and our hits set featuring the works of Collins, Gabriel, Mike & The Mechanics (and maybe a Hackett number), to St. Helens.
So, if you want tickets for either of these shows, grab them while they’re still on sale (because you can’t grab them when they’re no longer on sale can you?). Don’t wait until Monday. Monday is too late, mostly because the shows are on Friday and Saturday nights!
So, here’s everything you need:
Friday 7th October 2016 – Mama – Genesis set – The Citadel, St. Helens
Saturday 8th October 2016 – Mama – Collins, Gabriel, Mechanical Mike set – The Citadel, St. Helens
And with that little bit of news out there on the information superhighway, we’ve got a couple of videos to share with you. View full article »
Two shows coming up after our Summer break!
The first is a new venue near Hull, namely North Ferriby Village Hall where we have been asked to play by a local promoter who saw us at Tribfest last year. Tickets are going well and we are looking forward to seeing some of the folk who supported us at Tribfest over the last three years there. We decided to have a break from Tribfest this year but we will be returning in 2016. See our EventBrite page for tickets.
The second is a welcome return to a great venue on the Flyde coast namely Thornton Little Theatre. We sold the venue out last time and advance ticket sales are up on last year already so please book now to avoid missing out. This is a great venue with a superb atmosphere. Tickets are available on our Thornton EventBrite booking page.
The Brindley Rocks!
Just have to write a few words about the show at The Brindley in Runcorn, which was one of the best venues we have ever appeared at. Great 400 seater which we 3/4 filled. We (and the promoter) were very happy with that for a first time visit. We have already been booked back for two nights in 2016 and one of these will be our new Genesis Hits show. We did preview that show with a version of Sledgehammer which went down a storm. Considering we had only played it once in rehearsal that was quite a result!
People have asked us about the Genesis Hits show so let us clarify what it is and why we doing it. We realised that as we play longer pieces such as the Duke Suite and Home By The Sea, we missed playing some of the shorter songs we used to play. The idea was born to produce a show were we could play a set of more progressive, longer Genesis songs one night and a set of Hits by Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike & The Mechanics the next night. We are going to do this in selected venues in 2016 as well as Kinross this year. Some folk will come both nights and some will pick a night that suits them, which is of course fine.
Also we now have not only a CD on our merchandise stall but some jazzy new T-shirts with an exclusive Genesis design by our very own Mark on guitars.
Dave’s Tour Log Episode 5: TRIBUTE WARS
Episode 5: The Empire Strikes First
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….
Late into the night the hedgehog looked up from the middle of the road to see the pattern of stars in the sky. A roaring sound came from behind it, followed by a woosh as a huge white object flashed across the sky above. It was the last thing the hedgehog saw as it was squashed by the white van. View full article »
Mama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band interviews John W
Well so much has gone on in the past eleven months that we thought it was high time to drag another interview from John W. Here he discusses the change in venues that the band are currently appearing at and the complexities of putting on a Mama show and making a film!
Don’t forget, Saturday night (26th April) the band will be performing at the O2 Academy, Sheffield. You can buy tickets from the O2 Academy website. On with the interview….
Mama Website: Hi John!
John W: Hello there.
MW: So what’s been happening in the time since we last interviewed you?
JW: An awful lot (laughs)! I suppose the first thing to tell you about is the upcoming live DVD / Blu-ray Disc. As most folk know we put on a special free show for the fans who have supported us over the past two years as a sort of thank you to them all. We took the decision to make a DVD of the show and release it, as we keep getting asked at our gigs why we don’t have DVD’s or CD’s for sale.
MW: And why don’t you have DVD’s or CD’s for sale then?
JW: Good question. The main reason is that we wanted to ensure that the standard of playing was up to it and I know that we are now playing these songs better than ever. It is an obvious thing to say but the more you play together as a band the tighter and better you get. Also another thing was that we wanted the lights sorting out before we tried to film a show and thanks to Dave and Jules input, we now have a great light show.
MW: Yeah I remember you saying about that the last time we spoke. Was that a challenge then?
JW: You would have to ask Dave and Jules for that because they put all the work in. No seriously, Dave rigged all the lights, designed the way it would look and then programmed the scenes for each song into the computer. Jules then had to learn all about setting up lights at shows and how to work the computer at shows. Both of them have done superbly well in my opinion.
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Mama to perform their 2013 tour show in Shaw and Newcastle
After a longish break from shows so that we could grab a holiday and catch up with the real world, we are excited to finally count down the last few days to two hotly anticipate shows in our 2013 gig list. First up is Friday night at Playhouse 2 in Shaw, near Oldham.
Playhouse 2 is a favourite venue of ours because we’ve had a great crowd in the past. A great crowd makes for a great gig. In fact, we sold out last time so if you’re thinking of coming down to this show, book your tickets now. Right now!
Tickets for Playhouse 2 are available on the We Got Tickets website (right now there’s only 19 left on the website!) and also from the box office which is hidden away in Interiors (a shop) just around the corner. You can contact Kirsty at Interiors on 01706 840 400. Here’s the details:
Friday 22nd November 2013 – Playhouse 2, Shaw
Ticket price: £12.00
Box office: 01706 840 400
Playhouse 2, 2 Newtown St, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 8NX
The next show on the date sheet is the night after – Saturday! We’re really looking forward to this one too because it’s our first visit to the North East and it’s our first time performing at an O2 Academy venue. You can buy tickets for this show on the O2 Academy Newcastle website. The details:
Saturday 23rd November 2013 – O2 Academy Newcastle
Ticket price: £13.00 (standard) £10.00 (concession)
Box office: www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk
O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Road, NE1 1SW
*** this show is early doors (6.30pm) and early start (7.30pm) *** View full article »
Peter Gabriel, live at the Manchester Phones 4 U Arena, Friday 25th October 2013
Having missed the ‘So’ tour back in 1987 (probably due to concentrating on the Genesis tour around the same time) I was pleased to see that Peter was performing the whole of my favourite album of his on a new tour. This ‘Whole of one album’ seems to be a concept that is catching on with many artists and bands and indeed is one that Mama are looking at in 2014. I can see the attraction both for artist and fans alike. Structured chunk of the set list for artist and fans get to experience songs that perhaps have never been played live before.
I must admit I was a little concerned about the rigors of a such tour on Peter’s voice which let’s face it is 27 years older now than when ‘So’ was recorded. Those songs are not easy to sing live I would imagine. That aside I was really looking forward to the show. The MEN Arena (Phones 4 U Arena sounds daft sorry) is a cavernous building which I have visited several times now and never been impressed by. Sound is usually poor and silly charges for drinks and food, but needs must I suppose. I took my wife (Lisa) and daughter (May) with me and also managed to get my mate Dave Broome (part time Mama roadie) a ticket. We arrived in good time and Lisa and May took their seats while Dave and I had a beer (at more than extortionate prices I might add) and met up with some friends for a chat.
Has it started?
Suddenly I heard Peter introduce the two ladies who were supporting him so I left Dave chatting and took my seat with Lisa and May. The ladies both sang two songs each which I really enjoyed. Cello and Xylophone are so underused in ‘rock’ music and it was great to hear something a bit different. I managed an all too brief chat with some more friends about the show in the interval before a group of people walked on the stage and signed Peter’s song ‘Blood Of Eden’. I later learned that this was the Warrington Sign Choir (you can donate here).
House lights anyone? Anyone?
A few minutes later and Peter walked onto the stage. This was a little surprising as the main house lights had not been switched off. He sat at his piano stage left and explained that the show was to be ‘served’ in three courses, like a good meal.
Starter: Acoustic set including a song that he was still ‘working out’.
Main course: Some of the more ‘experimental songs’ played with electric instruments.
Dessert: The whole of the ‘So’ album. View full article »